A nameless young character goes into travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers as well, having banal conversations, dedicating his existence into daily mundane ... See full summary »
Four Newton brothers are a poor farmer family in the 1920s. The oldest of them, Willis, one day realizes that there's no future in the fields and offers his brothers to become a bank robbers. Soon the family agrees. They become very famous robbers, and five years later execute the greatest train robbery in American history. Written by
Matthew McConaughey is from Uvalde, Texas as was the real Willis Newton, the character he plays in the movie. See more »
When Willis is in jail talking to the investigator, Aldrich, Aldrich leans over to whisper something to him. In the first shot, taken from behind Willis, Aldrich is speaking into Willis's right ear. The scene immediately cuts to a different angle, taken from behind Aldrich, and Aldrich is now speaking into Willis's left ear. See more »
This is the True Story of the Most Successful Bank Robbers in the History of the United States.
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Opening credits play the way they would in a film made durring the silent and early sound period (1920-1940). See more »
The Newton Boys tells the story of Willis, Joe, Jess and Dock Newton, four brothers who become some of the most notorious bank and train robbers the history of America has ever seen. And they're based on real life events and people, making it all the more exciting.
What really keeps this movie afloat are the actors. McConaughey, Ulrich, Hawke and D'Onofrio are all versatile and personable actors, breathing life into their characters by their sheer presence. The story is told largely from McConaughey's point of view and it's actually one of his better performances and fits his usual mannerisms perfectly, unlike in some other movies where they are somewhat distracting.
The plot is also entertaining, though because it's based on real life it ends up being somewhat repetitive until the final third when the big twists start rolling. Not that the first two acts aren't interesting, but they don't raise the stages the same way a fictional story would. It's not a huge problem, but it's noticeable, especially if you've seen a lot of gangster films.
In the end The Newton Boys is well worth a watch if you're into the idea that sometimes real life is more exciting than any movie and/or if you're looking for a good gangster/robber movie to check out.
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